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Brett Thombs

Director of SPIN, Project Leader, Psychologist

Conducts research to find ways of improving quality of life and reducing disability among people living with scleroderma.

Affiliations: Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.
Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute of Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Professor Thombs completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Fordham University in 2004, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and was appointed Assistant Professor at McGill University in 2006. He is currently a Canada Research Chair and Professor, McGill University, and Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital. Professor Thombs founded and directs the Scleroderma Patient-Intervention Network (SPIN), a collaboration of investigators, health care providers, patients, and patient advocates. SPIN works closely with patient organizations around the world, including Scleroderma Quebec, to develop and test accessible, low-cost tools to help people live better with scleroderma and to make these tools available on an ongoing basis. Professor Thombs is also known for his expertise in research methods and guideline development and was the first non-physician to chair the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (2017-2021). He was one of two inaugural recipients of the McGill Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers and has been awarded lifetime research awards from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

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